- NetBeans IDE 8.0
- C/C++ plugin module
- Compiler and Tools
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C/C++ plugin module
The NetBeans IDE is a dynamic modular IDE, which means you can change it by adding and removing modules of the program. You can add functionality by installing plugin modules, or remove functionality by uninstalling plugin modules.
If your NetBeans IDE does not show a C/C++ project category when you select File > New Project, complete the following steps to add the C/C++ plugin module to the IDE.
- If your network uses a proxy, choose Tools > Options > General in the IDE, select Manual Proxy Settings, enter the HTTP Proxy and Port for your proxy, and click OK.
- Choose Tools > Plugins.
- In the Plugins dialog box, click the Available Plugins tab, and scroll to the C/C++ category.
- Select the C/C++ checkbox and click Install to start the NetBeans IDE Installer.
- In the NetBeans IDE Installer, click Next.
- Read the license agreement, select the checkbox to accept the terms of the license agreement, and click Next.
- Click Install.
- After the installation completes, select either Restart IDE Now or Restart IDE Later and click Finish.
Compiler and Tools
The Netbeans C/C++ module requires a C compiler, C++ compiler, make utility, and gdb debugger. See  on the instructions for the platform of your development system. Here we will use Micorsoft Windows as our platform and use the tools provided in cygwin for the demonstration.
The NetBeans C/C++ module has been tested with the following compilers and tools from Cygwin.com. However, if your version is newer, it seems to work fine too.
|Software or Resource||Version Tested||Description|
|cygwin1.dll||1.7.7, 1.7.9||Cygwin Linux-like environment for Windows|
|gcc||4.3.4||Cygwin C compiler|
|g++||4.3.4||Cygwin C++ compiler|
|gdb||6.8||Cygwin GNU debugger|
|make||3.81||Cygwin make utility|
To download the compiler and tools you needed for C/C++ plugin, you can go to  and select one of the mirror sites.
Note that you could select the appropriate package to download by specifying your compiler name or tool name. If you select all packages to download, it will take hours.
In the figure, we have specified g++ in the Search field. Cygwin Setup was able to identify which package containing the interested product. For example, we have selected GNU Complier for the download.
After you have downloaded all packages that are needed for the C/C++ plugin module. You should follow the instructions in  to configure it. If you didn't set them up correctly, you will run into this "No Compiler" error.
Then just follow the provided instructions to fix the issue. For example, here is the tool collection we have in the environment:
As you can see, most of our tools are provided from the cygwin64 installation. But, you don't need to specify everything out of your cygwin64 installation. For example, we have chosen make.exe out of our MKS Toolkit installation (see ).
- Download NetBeans IDE
- Configuring NetBeans IDE 8.0 for C/C++/Fortran
- Installing and Setting Up the Compilers and Tools
- Tool Collection Notes
- Dependency checking requires support from your tool collection (make and compilers).
- It has been tested with the Oracle Solaris Studio tool collection and GNU tool collections including Cygwin and MinGW.
- Dependency checking works when Oracle Solaris Studio compilers are used together with Oracle Solaris make and when GNU compilers are used with GNU gmake. Mixing Oracle Solaris make with GNU compilers and vice versa is not supported.